The great 20th-century lyrical singers North America

 

Price or Legrand? Anderson or Battle? It is difficult for inquiring minds to tackle a field as large and diverse as the lyrical art, covering 10 centuries of history: there are many lyrical artists in the world. Making a selection of musicians, such as a “top 10” for example, is a difficult and subjective exercise. A musical selection is often the expression of personal preferences or artistic opinions, very interesting but also very different according to critics or musicologists, or simply influenced by the context: will an English lyrical singer not be instinctively privileged by an English critic?

For example: in France, Roberto Alagna, a French tenor, is more popular than the Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova, who is more renowned throughout the world.

Timeline of lyrical singers, between 1900 and 2000+ in North America

Whoever wants to discover opera does not always have an experienced music lover, an expert or an educator at his or her side to support and guide him or her in this field. So : Price (American soprano) or Legrand (French composer, arranger, conductor, light orchestra leader, jazz pianist) ? Liberace (American pianist (1919-1987)) or Wainwright (American-Canadian singer-songwriter and composer) ? However, the knowledge available about musicians is enormous. It was processed to select the 10, 25, 50... most popular lyrical singers around the world, for those living or having lived en North America, between 1900 and 2000+. And this objectively, and for the first time (soClassiQ exclusivity).

Lyrical singers rendered as a timeline to bring a little perspective:

ComposersConductorsLyrical singersPerformers WorldwideEuropeNorth AmericaSouth AmericaAsiaOceaniaAfrica 2020

This timeline is interactive to navigate through the ages or across continents (with ).

Top 10 lyrical singers in North America for the years 1900-2000+

Who are these greatest lyrical singers, the most famous over the 1900-2000+ era in North America? The carreer of these musician has marked the history of lyric art. There are those you probably know, or at least by name and the others.

Here are these 10 lyrical singers, renowned artists from around the world:


The selections of musicians (lyrical singers) proposed by soClassiQ are based exclusively on algorithms. The same applies to the composers, their works, the performers, les orchestras, the conductors and the venues : opera houses, concert halls or festivals.

What about the others? 25, 50 or more?

Summarizing to 10 musician names such a wide and diverse field may seem extreme or too simplistic for those who know lyrical art well, for those who can easily name 50 or more lyrical singers. Callas, Sills, Lanza, Hampson, Newman, Domingo, Lehmann...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 13000 lyrical singers. So here is a selection of some lyrical singers for the years 1900-2000+, in North America, widely recognized around the world:

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Jeanette <strong>MacDonald</strong> Jeanette MacDonaldThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1903-1965 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Lois MarshallThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1924-1997 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Margaret MatzenauerThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1881-1963 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

John McCormackThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1884-1945 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

James <strong>McCracken</strong> James McCrackenThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1926-1988 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Audra <strong>Mcdonald</strong> Audra McdonaldThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
age 50 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Claron McFaddenThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
age 59 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Rod McKuenThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1933-2015 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Ellen McLainThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
age 67 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Sylvia McNairThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
age 64 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Bejun <strong>Mehta</strong> Bejun MehtaThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
age 52 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Ethel <strong>Merman</strong> Ethel MermanThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1908-1984 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Robert <strong>Merrill</strong> Robert MerrillThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1917-2004 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Chris MerrittThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
age 67 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Zinka MilanovThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1906-1989 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Richard MillerThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1926-2009 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

David MillerThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
age 47 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Sherrill MilnesThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
age 85 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Michael MinskyThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1918-1988 (20th century)
Conductor & Lyrical singer

Anna <strong>Moffo</strong> Anna MoffoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1932-2006 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Meredith <strong>Monk</strong> Meredith MonkThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
age 77 (20th century)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Grace <strong>Moore</strong> Grace MooreThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1898-1947 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

James <strong>Morris</strong> James MorrisThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
age 73 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


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Arlene <strong>Saunders</strong> Arlene SaundersThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1930-2020 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Friedrich SchorrThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1888-1953 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Elisabeth SchumannThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1888-1952 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Ernestine Schumann-HeinkThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1861-1936 (Romantic)
Lyrical singer

Renata <strong>Scotto</strong> Renata ScottoThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
age 86 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Anoushka <strong>Shankar</strong> Anoushka ShankarThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
age 39 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Neil ShicoffThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
age 71 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

George <strong>Shirley</strong> George ShirleyThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
age 86 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Nadine <strong>Sierra</strong> Nadine SierraThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
age 32 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Beverly <strong>Sills</strong> Beverly SillsThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1929-2007 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Léopold SimoneauThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1916-2006 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Frederica von StadeThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
age 75 (20th century)
Performer & Lyrical singer

Eleanor SteberThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1916-1990 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Jim SteinmanThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
age 72 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Lyrical singer

Risë StevensThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1913-2013 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Teresa StratasThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
age 82 (20th century)
Lyrical singer

Fyodor StravinskyThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
1843-1902 (Romantic)
Composer & Lyrical singer

Cheryl <strong>Studer</strong> Cheryl StuderThe great 20th-century lyrical singers
age 64 (20th century)
Lyrical singer


Some lyrical singers to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 30 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In September 2020 some of them may celebrate a special anniversary. For others, amateurs and enthusiasts will celebrate the bicentenary of their birth or the fiftieth anniversary of their death for example. Among them, some famous lyrical singers:

on 1, Sophie Dietz (1820-1887), 200th anniversary (Birth),
on 6, Anders Näslund (1920-1974), 100th anniversary (Birth),
on 9, Jussi Björling (1911-1960), 60th anniversary (Death),
on 16, Mark Schultz (1970- ), 50th anniversary,
on 20, Gilles Binchois (1400-1460), 560th anniversary (Death),
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the August 2020 celebrations (40+).

Always good opportunities to discover or deepen, (re)listen, explore the vastness and diversity of classical music...

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Last update : 2020-08-01

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